The 2016 US Open opened with a new roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium and closed two weeks later with two new singles champions. With neither top seed claiming the title, and with at least one Number One ranking changing hands, the question remains if this is the start of a new era, or merely a brief time out in what has been almost near domination by two of the sport’s biggest stars.
The US Open starts next week. The last major of the season is looking ahead to the future with a mixture of excitement and perhaps, reluctance. While the long awaited and much needed roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium is now in place ready for use, New York’s favorite player won’t be there to play underneath it. Continue reading
Roland Garros is just days away. With a lot riding for many players heading into the second major of the year, here are some of the big questions still lingering after the European clay court swing. Continue reading
Another Wimbledon is now in the history books, especially this year’s edition that saw several players achieve more significant chapters to their already legendary careers. Plus, we saw a few young players take the next step in their careers while others took quite a noticeable stumble Here’s some final thoughts on the memorable fortnight. Continue reading
“Obviously today I’m not as good as I (was).” – Rafael Nadal.
“You cannot take away the past 10 years…He is still the favorite to me,” Roger Federer on Rafael Nadal.
It’s odd to think of Roland Garros as unfamiliar territory for Rafael Nadal. After all, the Spanish star has won the title nine times in his career and enters this year as defending champion. Yet the next few weeks could provide the most certainty, and uncertainty, of his career. Continue reading
“The report of my death was an exaggeration.” – Mark Twain
Just around this time last year, the tennis obituary for Roger Federer was almost printed. His one-sided loss to Tommy Robredo in the US Open fourth round had many nodding in agreement, that yes, this was the beginning of the end of the great Federer’s career and his days contending for Grand Slams was over.
That Federer now enters the last major of this year as the favorite for many makes those earlier pronouncements of last rites for the Swiss star’s career look presumptuous, or perhaps, just plain foolhardy. Continue reading
What’s more unfathomable? The fact that Rafael Nadal has now won nine French Opens? Or the fact that next year he will seek his 10th French Open title? Continue reading